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Aug 06

Matt Harvey: About Last Night (8/5)

Ugh. This could be a very angry post. Not about Matt Harvey’s (10-7) outing. No. It’s difficult to complain when your guy goes out, pitches seven innings of two-hit ball and strikes out six. Oh, and he didn’t give up a run. After an outing like that, where Harvey didn’t allow a single Marlin to reach base after a Dee Gordon swinging bunt in the third, you’d expect the Mets off day to be all smiles and back slaps. Mostly it’s like that. I just hate games against Miami. It seems like every one of these laughers turns into slugfests. I’m just glad the Marlins didn’t take down Travis d’Arnaud and lefty specialist du jour (Eric O’Flaherty I suppose) in this one. They do things like that.

Both his fourseamer and two-seamer averaged in the mid-90s, and he spotted them well. In the second inning, he threw Martin Prado a two strike two-seamer that had to move six or more inches as it ran back over the outside corner of the plate. It was a nasty pitch. I’m not saying it was unhittable.

There really was no reason to even want to swing at it if you’re a batter.

If you look at the numbers, it’s clear that Harvey relied primarily on the fastball Wednesday night. There wasn’t much reason to do otherwise. As he worked his way through the lineup a second and third time, he tossed a few more breaking balls, and there were a few nice sliders and one particularly sharp curve in the first. No. He threw fastballs, spotted it well, and the Marlins hit a lot of balls into the outfielders’ mitts.

This marks the fifth straight game that Harvey has pitched at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs. Ron Darling on the SNY telecast made the case they should call that a Super Quality Start, rather than the more generic and boring Quality Start, and maybe he has a case with this pitching staff.

Reaching 10 wins sets a new career high for Harvey, not that wins really mean all that much. Still. It means the Mets are two games up in the East.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitches by Type:

##  Pitch Type Count    %
##    Changeup     6 6.82
##   Curveball     7 7.95
##    Fourseam    52 59.1
##    Two-seam     9 10.2
##      Slider    14 15.9

Pitches by Outcome:

##                 Changeup Curveball Fourseam Two-seam Slider
## Ball                   1         0       16        3      4
## Called Strike          2         2       14        2      3
## Foul                   1         1        9        1      4
## Foul Tip               0         0        1        0      0
## In play, no out        1         0        1        0      0
## In play, out(s)        1         3        8        2      1
## Swinging Strike        0         1        3        1      2

Pitches Velocities & Movement:

##  Pitch Type  Min Mean  Max Mean Horizontal Mean Vertical
##    Changeup 87.0 87.6 88.3          -8.715         6.485
##   Curveball 83.5 84.6 85.5          0.3643       -0.5271
##    Fourseam 92.4 95.2 97.6          -6.864         10.33
##    Two-seam 94.7 95.3 96.0          -8.033         8.026
##      Slider 85.6 88.9 91.3          0.2279         3.905

Note: Horizontal movement denotes average distance, in inches, from point of release to home plate (+ moves away from a right-handed batter) while vertical movement is average distance, in inches, from release point to home plate.

Average (MPH) Velocity for Pitches by Starters Last Night:

0806_MetsBoxBelow are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type.

Pitch Location by Batter:

0806_HarveyBatterPitch Location by Pitch Type:

0806_HarveyPitchesPitch Locations by Batter:

0806_HarveyPitchesPitch Location by Pitch Type & Batter Stance:

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